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Teri Griffin plays “Jack’s Mom” in OTE’s production of Into the Woods opening Friday, February 26. Tickets available now.


What is challenging about bringing this script to life?
The complexity of the music. It’s wonderful and beautiful but I am seriously torn between thinking “Sondheim is a genius” and “Sondheim is a sadist”.

What is going to surprise people about this show?
The style of this musical is so different from anything I’ve done before. People that have come to see me in other shows are probably more accustomed to the “scene, song, scene, song” format. This is different in that every scene and song are woven together so beautifully that it’s hard to tell where one ends and another begins.

How is this character like you? Different?
Jack’s mom’s parenting style is a lot like my own. Very practical. She clearly loves Jack but she wants him to grow up and be wise. She is different than me in that I would actually enjoy having a cow for a pet.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“Sometimes I fear your touched”

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
That’s an easy one – the witch. She has awesome songs and there are few things I enjoy more than playing the villain.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
I really love watching big dance shows. I could see Chicago 100 times. I love the music and the dancing.

What does your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Sitting on my bed watching chick flicks with my older daughter when she’s home from college.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Usually running my younger daughter to rehearsal for whatever show she’s doing. I also like to spend time walking and swimming and just being outdoors. As much as I love being on stage, I’m truly an introvert at heart and love my quiet time.

Teri Griffin is absolutely thrilled to be a part of OTE’s production of Into The Woods. This is Teri’s second show with OTE. Her first one being last year’s production of Nunsense in which she played “Sister Mary Leo”. Teri has been performing in community theatre for the past five years. Some of her favorite roles have included “Irene Molloy” in Hello Dolly, “Mrs. Sowerberry” in Oliver and “The Wicked Witch” in The Wizard of Oz. Teri began performing in order to spend time with her two younger children who are also actors and found that she really enjoyed the stage as much as they did.


Into the Woods opens Friday, February 26 with festivities such as complimentary dessert treats themed especially for Into the Woods by Chef Chuck Doherty and a discussion with director Aurora Culver and music director Jared Pugh. Get your seat reservations soon as opening night sells out.

Trivia Contest for Free Tickets to opening night of Into the Woods has begun and ends Monday, February 22. Each day that you answer a trivia question correctly is another opportunity to win. Contestant must have LIKED the OTE facebook page in order for entry to count. Here is the link to the OTE Facebook Page

Into the Woods, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine has the following performances: February 26th at 7 p.m.; February 27th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; March 4th at 7 p.m.; March 5th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and March 6th at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $15 General admission
*Parental Guidance recommended for children 13 and under due to adult themes.*
Children 12 and under free with paying adult.

To reserve your seats, email us at ajculver@otetheatre.com or call (949)689-3922.
Tickets are available for purchase online at  the Laguna Hills Community Center (class registration), or by purchasing them (Cash only) at the door on performance days. Personal checks and credit cards will not be accepted for ticket purchases at the door.

Director: Aurora Culver
Assistant Director: Josefine Damgaard
Music Director: Jared Pugh
Stage Manager: Michelle Lane

Featuring the talents of Marc Montminy, Claire Perry, Maggie Goodman, Anthony Kairouz, Rebecca Rubino, Dawn Doherty, Chris Hunter, Chris Diem, Teri Griffin,
Roger Sloan, Megan Demarchi, Nancy Higley, Tiffanie Battram, Katie Diem, Matt Acuña, Jadee Sumner, Jim Pack, and Kaleigh Krieger.

The City of Laguna Hills partners with On the Edge Theatre Productions to bring live theatrical performances to the Laguna Hills Community Center.

For more information please visit our website.